MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The makers of the Academy Award winning documentary "Undefeated" have offered an apology to the City of Memphis.
The film, about the 2009 Manassas High School football team, won an Oscar for best Documentary Feature but the filmmakers forgot to thank Memphis during their acceptance speech.
Memphians were mad.
"Undefeated" filmmaker Dan Lindsay told abc24.com, "This is a hard lesson to learn." Lindsay said soon after grabbing the Oscar and as he was walking off stage he knew they made a mistake. "All I could think about is how we weren't able to deliver the message that we wanted to. We wanted to end it with our thanks and appreciation to North Memphis, Manassas, and all the players and that's what we wanted to leave the crowd with."
Lindsay said thanking Memphis should have been the first thing they said.
Bill Courtney, the former Manassas Head football coach featured in the film, told abc24.com the filmmakers are good guys and they should be forgiven. "Memphis ought to celebrate them, celebrate the movie, accept their apology and let's move on," he said.